When the Fremont County Democrats asked me to speak at their FDR dinner, I pointed out I now worked for a Republican, Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
I added I was a registered Republican, although at times I have been a Democrat and unaffiliated.
No matter, said chair Gloria Stultz. They wanted to hear me speak ever since, when as a Denver Post reporter, I gave MSNBC host Rachel Maddow a tour of the Democrats’ Bannock Street Project in Denver during the 2014 election.
So one week ago today, I headed to Cañon City with a surprise for the Fremont County Democrats: Williams and Maddow videotaped a greeting for the dinner guests.
“I’m sending you this video message basically as like a liberal hall pass for Lynn Bartels,” Maddow said. “I hearby swear she’s awesome, she’s totally trustworthy, she is way funnier than your average liberal or conservative. … Lynn Bartels is one Republican who has this liberal’s good housekeeping seal of approval.”